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Honoring Local Vets

In a celebration that took place 70 years after the end of WWII, the Glenwood Landing American Legion Post 336 in Glen Head recognized those veterans who fought for our country’s freedom and are still able to take pride in being a part of history.  A special dinner and ceremony was held on Saturday, June 14, in which both the older generation of veterans and the younger generation of students who are active in the community were given awards and certificates. The ‘Awards Night’ spotlighted veterans, Eagle Scouts, college scholarship winners and the great projects at the American Legion. 

Two men honored on this evening were veterans Leon Malinoski and William Swift. Both were presented with certificates and D-Day commemorative coins.

 

Malinoski, 88, joined the Navy in 1943 and was in for three years. Having  “met a girl” during his time in service, he says that when the war was over, he was offered a promotion but didn’t take it.

 

“I took the liberty of taking my discharge and coming to New York,” says Malinoski, who planted his roots in Roslyn Harbor in 1952, where he still lives with his wife. They raised eight children and have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He says the first job he took was at the Merchant Marine Academy, where he started in March
1946, and began teaching in 1953. “They asked if I would start teaching on a temporary basis and eventually it became permanent. I had a great reputation with the students...without a college degree. My

experience in the Navy helped me get the position.”

 

Despite having undergone two serious operations (he had colon cancer in 1994 and open heart surgery in 2010) Malinoski is proud of the fact that he still doesn’t “need anything to get around.” 

 

“I’m still here and enjoying life every day,” Malinoski says.

 

Kirstin Mohammed of Glen Head, who just graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, initiated the “Kirstin Mohammed Liberator Series,” a video production series of interviews with WWII veterans.

She received a Community Service citation from Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton. North Shore High School students Paulina Calcaterra, Aleksei Wilhelm and Kevin Quinn also interviewed veterans for the Liberator Series, which was founded by 3rd Division Commander Fred Nielsen.

 

Mohammed says that she was approached by Nielsen to begin the project, who she says “planted the seed and helped me get where I needed to be to start my first interview and spread it along.”  She is now recruiting, spreading the word and trying to get others involved before she begins college at Villanova in the fall.

 

“As I started getting more involved, I started to realize what exactly I was doing—the real severity of what it was and how important it is that we recognize our vets and that we continue to remember what they did for our country and remember that it wasn’t easy, they gave up their lives and their comforts just so we could live in the country that we live in right now,” says Mohammed.

 

Chairman Bob Bazan presented scholarships to Jacqueline D’Elia and Aleksei Wilhelm; Chairman Ralph Casey presented the Boys’ State recipients Ryan Tine and Connor Lynn; Gina Serroen and Karen Schenck from the Ladies Auxiliary presented the Girls’ State recipients Gilda DeDona and Lauren Padala.

 

DeRiggi-Whitton presented the Patriot Award to Commander William Laderer and the Community Service Award to Thomas Rudegeair, Scout Master of Troop #195.

News

History will be made on Friday as Nassau Country Club opens its grounds for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, playing host to the tournament which was last played on its greens 100 years ago. The tournament, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), will have 156 women from all over the world competing for the Robert Cox Trophy and the title of national champion, including twin sisters Jennifer and Kristin Coleman, whose grandfather is a member of the club. 

 

For the Coleman sisters, 21, of Rolling Hills Estates, CA, the tournament will almost be like a homecoming: they began playing golf at age 5, and have played Nassau Country Club a number of times over the years while visiting their grandfather, Daniel Coleman, who lives in Glen Cove.

A public hearing was held last week to determine the fate of hookah lounges within the city limits of Glen Cove: it was decided they shall not be allowed. The City Council and Mayor Reginald Spinello voted to ban such establishments, a move that was well received by the majority of people present; only two people expressed opposition to the measure. 

 

“These establishments are becoming rather trendy,” said Mayor Spinello.


Sports

LI-Kick, the co-ed adult kickball league based in Glen Cove, was formed a little over one year ago and is already making a name for itself on the competitive kickball circuit.  On Saturday, July 12, the league sent two teams to McCarren Park in Greenpoint to compete in a national kickball competition sponsored by Brooklyn Kickball. Teams came from as far away as Toronto, Portland and Atlanta. LI-

Kick was the only league from Long Island to participate. 

Three members of the Glen Cove Big Red Boys Lacrosse Team were honored at the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association Dinner on June 11.

Pictured are Ryan Perkins, Sean Peet and  Phil Grella, who were awarded for both their play on the field and their work in the classroom. Ryan was named to the All-County Honorable Mention Team, Sean and Phil were named to the All-Conference Team. All three also received Academic All-Conference standing for their work in the classroom.



Calendar

St. Rocco's Feast - July 30

US Women's Amateur Championship - August 1

Historical  Museum Renaming - August 3


Columns

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